Welcome to Trimester 2!
You made it through what I think is the hardest trimester. Hopefully your nausea is subsiding and you can finally wake up and smell the roses and deliciousness of food cooking, without wanting to run to the bathroom!
Your newfound energy enters as exhaustion will start to ease. Just as you start to feel human again, this trimester you get the opportunity this trimester to find out what your tiny little human will be! By now you have done your blood work during weeks 10-13 to find out your baby’s gender or you will wait until week 20 during your anatomy scan. Now that you have your energy back you can plan your gender reveal (if you choose to have one) and/ or your pregnancy announcement!
Body: MONTH 4 (Weeks 14-17)
WEEK 14: It’s your official first week of your second trimester! More energy is heading your way with less trips to the bathroom. This week your uterus is making its way out of your pelvic region and into your lower abdomen. For some, uterine growth can cause some pains. Its pregnancy growing pains. It may feel aches or sharp pain on either side of your abdomen. This is due to the ligaments stretching to hold more weight. Put your feet up and get comfy to ease the pain.
WEEK 15: As the nausea subsides for most, another oral issue can pop up. Red, swollen and sensitive gums are more prone to bleed during brushing and flossing. This is normal during pregnancy, thanks to your pregnancy hormones. They can also create small little bumps on your gums which will go away and are also the cause of nose bleeds during pregnancy. Good, oral hygiene will prevent any further complication of gingivitis turning into an infection.
WEEK 16: You may have reached the point where your bump goes from looking like a large cheat meal to a noticeable baby bump. Your belly isn’t the only thing starting to swell, your mucous membranes in your nose are too. The swelling of these membranes coupled with hormones and extra blood flow leads to nasal congestion.
WEEK 17: Hello Appetite! Around this week, your baby is signaling to you that its time to EAT! This is due to your growing fetus. This newfound appetite that may have been lost due to nausea and food aversions, is a great way to make up for not gaining weight in the first trimester. But hold back from double orders of everything in site! Just because you’re feeding yourself and your baby doesn’t mean you will need to eat double… Or you will soon look double. Make smart food choices and have snacks handy throughout the day.
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